Welcome To JLJ Back To Classic2019-02-06T22:53:29-04:00

Timeless, Understated Style, Wholesome Beauty and Self Care

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~Janis Lyn Johnson


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  1. Gail August 9, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I am very excited about this site, since I feel like it was written for me! My style is very classic and sometimes it seems like there are just a few of us left. I very much enjoyed what I’ve read so far and look forward to the posts. Kudos to Janis Lyn Johnson!

    • JLJ August 10, 2015 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Gail, I’m so glad you can relate to how I feel about classic style. And thank you for such kind praise!

      • Anona June 19, 2017 at 4:17 am - Reply

        We have lots in common, I watched your YouTube Q n A video, I also lived in many different countries, I am struggling about whether I should get my gray hair growing you are an inspiration and you look beautiful.

        • JLJ June 19, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

          Hi, Anona! It’s nice to meet you. I struggled with whether I should let my gray hair grow out, too. It took me several years of thinking about it before I finally made the decision to try it. I kept telling myself that I could always go back to highlighting or coloring it if I just couldn’t stand it. Be gentle and patient with yourself. If and when you’re ready, you’ll know. Hugs ~ Janis

          I started the process by highlighting, which turned some of my darker blonde very light. That way I had a mix of dark blonde, gray, and very light ash blonde hair. When I was ready to stop coloring, I had enough of the light ash blonde hair highlights in it that the demarcation line wasn’t as severe as it might have been otherwise. The trick for me was making sure the highlights were more ash than yellow/warm, so it was more similar to the gray.

          If you have dark hair, you might ask your hair colorist for advice on what you could do to make the demarcation line less severe. He/she might have a good suggestion for how to use highlights on you, too.

          • Lori February 20, 2018 at 1:21 pm

            My study recommends both highlights and lowlights and a very fine weave. I can go two months and it looks good. I have mostly non gray hair but it is coming. My husband prefers my highlighting so I won’t be going gray soon.

          • Lori February 20, 2018 at 1:22 pm

            my stylist, not my study

          • Molly March 1, 2018 at 10:23 am

            Most of my friends are gray and I have brown. I just need the courage to go natural.

          • JLJ March 2, 2018 at 1:57 am

            Molly, if or when you are ready, you will know it, but don’t be too hard on yourself if it just doesn’t feel right yet. Listen to your intuition. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs to you ~ Janis

          • Lori May 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

            Just after I last responded my hair, due to chemo, has been coming in a white gray! Because it is kind of a pretty shade, I have decided white is the new blond, and I am not coloring it. Maybe I will change my mind but for now, it is ok. I have also bought a number of fun hats because my hair is thinner all of a sudden as well.

          • Antoinette Brush January 14, 2019 at 6:00 am

            I too am a natural gray, perhaps more salt and pepper. In my 50โ€™s I colored regularly to hide the gray, but at the end wondered about what age I would start to look like an elderly lady trying to hide the gray – if you know what I mean. When real young I was a brunette. So, when I stopped coloring I did highlights, and wore my hair very short. Somewhere in my early 60โ€™s I didnโ€™t need to continue to highlight as some of my natural lighter gray looked like highlights. Lol. From then on, I just allowed the hair to be what it wanted. I am currently attempting to grow my hair out. Itโ€™s basically chin length, with some shorter layers. Itโ€™s those shorter layers that I now find annoying, as they are just at the length to get in my eyes, yet still too short to tuck behind my ears. Seems to me, now just past my mid 60โ€™s that my hair takes forever to grow. My original plan was to keep it chin length, or just above the shoulder, but yours Janis looks so lovely. I was thinking that long hair such as yours would seem to pull my appearance downward, like the dreaded gravity has to other body parts. I am happy that you have proven me wrong. Love your blog, and videos.

  2. Julie August 11, 2015 at 11:27 am - Reply

    I look forward to more postings on your blog. I love your classic style. You carry yourself with grace.

    • JLJ August 11, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I’m so happy you like it!

  3. Kathy Wheeler August 29, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Love it.

    • JLJ August 30, 2015 at 11:52 am - Reply

      Thanks, Kathy!

  4. Myra nunn October 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    Please add me to your email list –

    • JLJ October 17, 2015 at 7:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for asking to be added! Will do!

  5. Pat Hanson November 8, 2015 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    Janis, I hope you remember me from Sat. meeting. I have been meaning to write for so long, I am ashamed. I love, love, love your blog. I look forward to seeing every single one and so happy that you are doing this. It must be very fun and satisfying. Hope to see you this “season”.

    • JLJ November 8, 2015 at 4:32 pm - Reply

      Oh my gosh, Pat, of course I remember you! Thank you so much for commenting here–and I’m thrilled you like my blog. I appreciate you taking the time to say so. I hope to see you, too! Speaking of “season,” I can’t believe it is already November!

  6. Linda Barrett November 28, 2015 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Please sign me up for your blog.

    • JLJ November 28, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Thank you, Linda–I put you on the list!! Have a joyful Thanksgiving weekend!

  7. Jean Dotts November 29, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Please add me to your mailing list. So glad I found your site.

    • JLJ November 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Jean–and will do!!

  8. Kathy A December 8, 2015 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I love your style! So classic and timeless! I too am from South Texas and now live in South Florida. I am so happy I found you. You are my inspiration!
    Please add me to your list.

    • JLJ December 8, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Oh my gosh, hi, Kathy A! How fantastic to meet another Texan down here. I am so thrilled you relate to my style. Thank you for commenting–and I put you on the mailing list. Have a great day!

  9. Verna Pool December 12, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Just discovered you and I love love love everything about your youtube channel and blog. So inspiring. I am in the process of watching your videos now. I would love to know/see in more detail exactly how you cleanse and apply your makeup. What about facial hair? How do you do your hair cleanse/style? I want to know because I think you look fantastic. Verna

    • JLJ December 12, 2015 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Verna, I am so glad you found my YouTube Channel and blog. Thank you so much for the compliments! Also, thank you for your helpful input! Have a great weekend!

  10. Roxane S. January 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Wonderful Blog! I was happy to see we both are the same age, shop in like stores, and love casual classic clothes. So happy to have found like minds. I am also switching to whole foods for better health and weight loss. God Bless, RS

    • JLJ January 4, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Roxanne, I feel the same–I’m so glad to find you. Looking at most of today’s magazines, tv shows, and movies, you would never know there were any of us out here. God bless you, too–and I hope you are having a peaceful, safe, joyful new year!

  11. Sherri January 8, 2016 at 8:55 am - Reply

    sending my email to you. looking forward to reading more. thanks!

    • JLJ January 10, 2016 at 12:44 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sherri!! I will add you to the list!

  12. jdargon January 9, 2016 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    I would like to subscribe. I look forward to receiving emails from you.

    • JLJ January 10, 2016 at 12:45 am - Reply

      Thank you, jdargon! You are added to the subscription list!

  13. Sue February 3, 2016 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Hi Janis
    Please add me to you subscription list. I’ve just discovered your blog and love it.
    Sue from South Australia

    • JLJ February 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Sue, terrific. Thank you! I just sent you a subscription link. To confirm your subscription, simply click on the link I sent you. Thank you again!!

  14. Joannj February 18, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    hi…love your style. Just recently found your channel. Look forward to all your videos. Please add me to your subscription list. Thanks

    • JLJ February 20, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Joann, thank you! I have added you to the subscription list. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

  15. Adine February 20, 2016 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Just found you on YouTube, I am enjoying your content very much!

    • JLJ February 20, 2016 at 9:53 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Adine! ~Janis

      • Adine February 20, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

        Can you suggest a classic wallet to invest in? Color and style..

        • JLJ February 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm - Reply

          Adine, I apologize for taking so very long to get back to you! I have always gravitated toward a smaller, or French-style wallet, rather than a continental (longer) one, for everyday use. I like the smaller size because it can easily fit into both small and larger handbags. I also don’t tend to spend much more than $100 on this wallet, because I use it so much that it would bother me how worn the edges are getting if I knew I had spent a lot on it (but that’s just me). I don’t mind folding my bills, not having room for a checkbook, or having fewer card slots, because I don’t carry a lot of cards or a checkbook. My favorite wallet so far has been one I bought about five years ago. It’s a wine-color, crocodile-embossed patent-leather French wallet by Brighton, with a classic silver horizontal bar (which I prefer), rather than their more usual heart, on the closure snap. (I don’t see any exactly like it at their site on line, but they do have one sort of similar in chocolate black with a heart–here). I do have some playful-print, coated-canvas and faux-leather wallets I sometimes use in my summer wardrobe. But for constant, year-round use I really do like my more serious and understated Brighton wallet. As for recommendations, I would say to choose one that fits your typical purse size and color scheme. Classic neutrals, such as wine, black, beige, or chocolate brown work well with almost everything. Hope that answers your question, at least. Thank you for reading my blog and commenting!

          • JLJ February 28, 2016 at 1:52 pm

            Adine, Here is a photograph of my current (5-year-old) wallet by Brighton. I think it’s in really good shape, considering how much it gets used. I like that the design and materials keep it looking new. ~Janis

          • Adine March 31, 2016 at 7:56 pm

            Thank you for the advice, it is extremely helpful!

  16. rose March 13, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Hello lovely
    You and your youtube videos so smart,your videos make my day better like meditation much thanks and upload more.if you need good inspiration check on youtube these ladies
    jenny penton
    marnie goldberg
    Anyways check erin condren website these planners good on you maybe you will make planner organized videos like another youtubers.have a wonderfull day honey.byebye.

    • JLJ March 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Rose, thank you so much. I’m happy my videos give a little something positive to your day. I appreciate your list of other fun youtube ladies to watch. I love, love inthefrow and Marnie Goldberg but don’t know any of the others, so am eager to take a look. Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting. You are very kind!! Hope you are having a nice and peaceful day. ~Janis

      • Ladyrose March 16, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

        You are very wellcome ๐Ÿ™‚
        I forget to tell another one nice youtubers here for your inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

        Mango Island mamma
        makeupbymandy24 (amanda steele)

        Happy watch lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ cant wait ur new videos xoxo

        • JLJ March 18, 2016 at 2:44 pm - Reply

          I will definitely look them up! Thank you, sweet Rose!~Janis

  17. diana March 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    you look like a lilac flower ๐Ÿ™‚
    smart and elegant.She is classy too vivaluxury blogspot com look her blog dear
    So have you ever try shabby chic crafts ? watch on youtube

    • JLJ March 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Diana, thank you! Also, I will visit viva luxury’s blog, and look into the shabby chic crafts. I’ve never heard of either but they sound like sites I might enjoy. I appreciate your comment and suggestions! ~Janis

  18. Samantha March 16, 2016 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Great videos,you are gorgeous,love your channel janis,your fashion sense is goals!

    • JLJ March 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Samanatha. I appreciate you leaving such a nice compliment. It’s very appreciated! ~Janis

  19. Carmen March 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Just for advice janis ๐Ÿ™‚ good website for good shabby chic pictures hope you ll like http://allthingsshabbyandbeautiful.tumblr.com
    ciao xoxo

    • JLJ March 18, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Carmen, thank you. I look forward to visiting that site! ~Janis

  20. Rose March 30, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Hello again janis,what is your job?with a body like that you should be model,but I guessed you did before I read somewhere on your blog or comments.Your smile and your voice so pretty soft and calm.Your videos makes me to wish something janis ๐Ÿ™‚ your videos super calming and inspiring for me.Your videos so short thats why I am watching again and again the same video :-)) its raining here today,watching your calm videos drinking some herbal tea,wow how relaxing.I’am wondering different places I never have been,but you show me your city,cute places on your videos,thank you so much,thats why my days getting more better.You rarely download vlog,please do more,show different cute places something in your city,flower shop,parks,gardens,bookshops,bir markets,cute cafe like shabby chic(I saw one in ur old vlog I adored)so maybe your house tour,and do some video into your house,show your best 10 tops haul,your best 5 dress,your best 5 shoes,flats,lipsticks,just upload more vlog and LONG video please ๐Ÿ™‚ happy beautiful days lovely janis.ciao.

    • JLJ April 2, 2016 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Rose, thank you so much for all of your wonderful suggestions! And also, thank you for saying I should be a model. How kind you are!! I did local modeling when I was much younger, but am definitely not the body type wanted for it really. My top is much smaller than my bottom and I have quite short legs!! I appreciate all your kind compliments!! ~Janis

      • Rose April 12, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

        Janis youre so kind too,thats why I am here,your top is much smaller than your bottom you said,no way,and who care?cause your everything amazing,smart,and super pretty and then your legs amazing no so short.Stay happy!

        • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm - Reply

          Rose, you are so sweet! Thank you. ~Janis

        • JLJ May 3, 2016 at 12:01 am - Reply

          Thank you, Rose ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  21. Lily March 30, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Janis you should join this fashion website

    • JLJ April 2, 2016 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Lily, thank you for commenting. I appreciate your suggestion, and will definitely look into the fashion website. I didn’t know about it! ~Janis

  22. Cary April 5, 2016 at 10:23 am - Reply

    I read your about me part
    Your school picture is so pretty : )
    You will like these videos about lookbook janis watch them

    Anyways cant wait your new videos.

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Cary, thank you for your suggested links. And thank you for your compliment on my school oicture! ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your comment! ~Janis

  23. sarah April 6, 2016 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Your blog my best habit,cant wait your new pictures on here dear janis.

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you, thank you, sweet Sarah. I really appreciate your kind comment! ~Janis ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Ellen April 6, 2016 at 11:04 am - Reply

    What is your zodiac sign janis

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Hi, Ellen. I am a Leo…I guess that explains why I stand around taking pictures of myself! Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a happy, healthy day! ~Janis

  25. marina meji April 6, 2016 at 11:08 am - Reply

    I am obsessed your vlogs,love the clothes you got

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Marina. I am so happy you like my vlogs. I appreciate your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  26. suejey April 6, 2016 at 11:14 am - Reply

    So excited for your new vlogs you re so pretty

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

      Suejey, thank you! I am happy you like my vlogs. Thank you for commenting, too! ~Janis

  27. Linda brookes April 6, 2016 at 11:20 am - Reply

    I love your channel and blog,you are definitely my new fav,do more vlog please asap.

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Linda, thank you! I am working on more vlogs. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you so much for visiting both my channel and my blog! ~Janis

  28. Karen marie April 11, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Nice pieces,thanks for sharing.More vlog please.

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Karen, thank you! I’m so glad you like the vlogs. I’m working on more. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  29. Rose April 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Wish your videos were everyday janis,I am addicted like I am to tv shows,you have such great smart calming and clean style,please do more videos and vlogs.Stay happy.

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm - Reply

      Sweet Rose, thank you. I’ll do as many as I possibly can! ~Janis

  30. Alyssa ramire April 11, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    As always love your style!

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      Alyssa, thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  31. Lily April 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Do you have a job?

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm - Reply

      I was a magazine editor and freelance writer. I’m now doing my blog and YouTube channel full time, so it has become my job. Thank you for being interested in learning more about me, Lily! :-). ~Janis

  32. Sarah lee April 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    views and your clothes looked amazing all in your vlogs,you re such an inspiration.

    • JLJ April 11, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      You are so sweet to say that, Sarah Lee. Thank you. And thank you for commenting here! ~Janis

  33. stacy mc April 12, 2016 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Hallo janis have you ever watch on youtube molly mae beauty and stephanie lange,inthefrow
    alls nice youtubers but youre the best!

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 6:02 pm - Reply

      Hi Stacy MC! I love InTheFrow. Don’t know the other. I will have a look. Thank you for commenting! ~Janis

  34. Rose April 12, 2016 at 6:06 am - Reply
    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      Rose, I look forward to visiting these blogs. Thank you! ~Janis

    • JLJ May 3, 2016 at 12:05 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Rose. I will definitely have a look! ~Janis

  35. Sharlee widener April 12, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Great videos,blog posts as always!love your outfits

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Sharlee! I appreciate you leaving your comment. (I’m sorry I took so long to answer. I am still learning how to find/reply to comments here.) ~Janis

  36. Sharlee widener April 12, 2016 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Please do Q&A video and answer these questions into the video
    1-Where do you live?
    2-What is your dream for life?
    3-Favorite song?
    4-Favorite quote?
    5-Quality you look for in a fashion?
    6-Place you really want to visit?
    7-Favorite piece of shoes?and jewelry?
    8-Which clothe you can’t live without?
    9-Favorite clothe line for online shop?
    10-Which is your best,gold or silver?

    Thank you if you done this video.

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sharlee, for all of your great questions. I will definitely keep them in mind when I do another Q&A in the coming weeks/months!! Thank you for watching my videos! ~Janis

  37. julia valdes April 12, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Who is your youtube inspirations?what is your fav youtubers?
    Anyways,yer amazin

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julia. My favorite YouTubers? There are many! InTheFrow, Freddy My Love, Tanya Burr, Niomi Smart, Busbee Style, Marnie Goldberg, Dominique Sachse, Melissa55, Chloe Morello, Alexandrea Garza/AlexandMichael, to name a few. ~Janis

  38. Jessica Jade April 12, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Hi janis,do a video please more like yours this video
    Hauls and vlogs do more please.

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:29 pm - Reply

      Jessica, thank you for letting me know you like hauls and vlogs. I appreciate your comment!! ~Janis

  39. Jessica Jade April 12, 2016 at 8:34 am - Reply

    where do you work for your blog?please do your desk area tour
    watch here like this one http://youtu.be/WnwkdV580b4

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:27 pm - Reply

      Jessica, I appreciate the link. Her desk tour video was terrific. My desk isn’t very presentable right now, but thank you for the nudge to get it organized! ~Janis

  40. Kathleen groth April 14, 2016 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Beautiful as always!

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:06 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Kathleen! ~Janis

  41. Tracy April 14, 2016 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Hello Janis
    Have you ever think make a video about some ways to lower everyones stress?you know life difficult sometime,oh yay and thank you you shared great posts and videos,they make everyones getting better whos living in stress,your all videos and posts like feeling relaxing,thank you thank you more thank you!Please do video sometime about life,like these


    Can’t wait your new video and posts!

    • JLJ April 14, 2016 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      Tracy, thank you. I’m glad you like my videos. And you are so right, life can be very difficult some time, and that is stressful. I will take a look at these videos, and think about your suggestion. Hugs and peace to you, sweet girl. ~Janis

  42. Gallie calista April 14, 2016 at 10:07 am - Reply

    You’re so put together,love your classy style

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you for such a nice compliment, Gallie. I appreciate you leaving your comment here!! ~Janis

  43. Julie April 16, 2016 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Cant wait your new vlogs janis

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I’m sorry I’m replying so late. Somehow I didn’t see your comment here until now. I’m happy you like my vlogs!! ~Janis

  44. Marie lee April 20, 2016 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Janis I think you like jewelry who dont like? haha
    So,here is the perfect jewelry online website from turkey
    But its international and alls so beautiful,check it maybe you will buy something perfect then post on blog

    Have a good day!

    • JLJ April 26, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Marie Lee. I will have a look! ~Janis

  45. Grace April 21, 2016 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Just Beautiful!!!!!!!

    • JLJ April 26, 2016 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you, sweet Grace!!!!! ~Janis

  46. Leah April 23, 2016 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Great colors for clothes loved ur videos

    • JLJ April 26, 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Leah. Very kind of you to leave your comment. Cheers to you! ~ Janis

  47. Carmen April 23, 2016 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to more videos from you

    • JLJ April 26, 2016 at 11:39 pm - Reply

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!! I appreciate your sweet comment! ~Janis

  48. Teri April 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Love the bags you got,kate spade ones beautiful bag

    • JLJ April 26, 2016 at 11:46 pm - Reply

      I agree. Kate Spade bags are beautiful! Thank you for commenting, Teri. I really appreciate it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  49. Linda April 27, 2016 at 4:46 am - Reply

    Please take a picture when youre on the computer writing something on blog ๐Ÿ™‚ then put me on your blog,which computer do you use?

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Hi, Linda! Since my old laptop recently died (I used windows), I just got an iMac, and am trying to quickly learn how it works. ~Janis

  50. Marjorie Smith April 27, 2016 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Hi Janis, I really love your style, it is hard to choose which outfit I liked best. Now I am beginning to see what is my own favourite style. Thank you you for sharing this wonderful inspiration. Hugs,Marjorie, from North East England. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm - Reply

      Hi, Marjorie from North East England. How exciting! I’m so happy you like my blog and outfits, and that you find them inspiring. What a kind compliment. Thank you! ~Janis

  51. Trish April 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Hi: I’m so glad that Sylvia from 40 Plus style had an interview with you in today’s post. I love the classic with a little jazzed up look and the Florida lifestyle (lived in Boca when I was a child) and am hoping to relocate in Hobe Sound – and I don’t want to look like someone from the tri-statie area trying too hard to look like a Floridian. So glad I found your blog and very much looking forward to getting your posts, seeing your outfits and getting dressing tips. Trish

    • JLJ April 27, 2016 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Trish, thank you so much for letting me know! Sylvia’s blog is packed with so much useful style information. I am thrilled to be featured. I didn’t know when it was going to be posted. I was in Hobe Sound many years ago, visiting a girlfriend. What a beautiful place. I hope you will keep me posted! ~Janis

  52. Marina April 28, 2016 at 2:12 am - Reply

    Hi Janis,
    I have just recently discovered your blog and YouTube site, I love your Vlogs especially.
    Itโ€™s so refreshing to see someone similar to my age on here!
    The gorgeous weather in Florida is a bonus because I live on the South Coast of England and we are only just hitting Spring and can you believe we had a snow shower yesterday?!?
    Totally unheard of at this time of year in the UK!
    Catching glimpses of your weather and local area, flowering trees, shops etc, is pure delight. I loved the way you showed us the food in your local health food store too, probably seems odd to you, but itโ€™s just a lovely change for us in the UK to see something different to anything available here.
    A mini holiday break!
    Keep up the good work,

    Marina ?

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

      Marina, how exciting that you are from the South Coast of England! I can’t believe you just had snow. I don’t think it’s odd at all that you like seeing the food offered in our local stores. I’m the same way. I love seeing the shops and markets in other countries. I also feel it’s a mini holiday break–without having to do all the packing and traveling by airplane! I’m so happy you like my vlogs. Thank you for watching them, and for the kind compliment. ~Janis

      • Marina AV May 3, 2016 at 2:47 am - Reply

        Hi Janis, thank you for your lovely comments. I think we are all just so grateful that 50-somethings are starting to take the challenge of representing ourselves using global media. Look forward to seeing more… and hopefully others, including myself, will be encouraged to do the same.

        • JLJ May 3, 2016 at 7:44 am - Reply

          ?? ~Janis

  53. Diana April 28, 2016 at 5:54 am - Reply

    Which city you live in?Are you happy with it ?

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      Hi, Diana. We live in Southwest Florida. (The Marco Island/Naples/Fort Myers area.) ~Janis

  54. Ciara May 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    New Q&A and vlog please its been a while

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Hi, Ciara! I just posted a new vlog. I’m sorry for the delay. My computer died about 10 days ago, so I had to get and learn a new computer and photo and video editing programs. Slowly getting back on track now! I so appreciate your support! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      A new one went up today! I appreciate your enthusiasm and support so much, Ciara!!! ~Janis

  55. Glamorous life May 2, 2016 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Love your style!! So classy I love watching your videos by the way.๏ปฟ

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      You are sweet to leave such a kind comment! Thank you, Glamorous Life! ~Janis

  56. Tracy May 2, 2016 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Great blog,vlogs,videos,do more please

    • JLJ May 2, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tracy! I appreciate your kind comment! ~Janis

  57. Sue Molle May 6, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

    You have new computer but you seem you are not active,are you busy with what? do more active please.

    • JLJ May 6, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      Hi, Sue. Yes, I do have the new computer and I am slow at learning all of the new aspects to it (new computer operation, new photo editing, new video editing…everything different), so it has slowed me down quite a lot. I am doing my best at getting back on track with everything. Thank you for your support and for commenting. I so appreciate it! ~Janis

    • JLJ May 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Nina, for your lipstick suggestions. ~Janis

  58. Tila Zeff May 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Come back!Active more please.Why are you busy ?

    • JLJ May 11, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

      Hi, sweet Tila! Thank you, because I appreciate you taking the time to stop by here and watch and comment. I really am so honored. I am a turtle, really, and cannot always post and reply as often or quickly as I wish I could. Thank you again for being here! ?? ~Janis

      • Rose May 13, 2016 at 5:30 am - Reply

        a cute turtle ๐Ÿ™‚

        • JLJ May 13, 2016 at 8:58 am - Reply

          You are kind. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  59. Miss Jen May 13, 2016 at 5:32 am - Reply

    I love your style its just so fresh and airy.๏ปฟCan’t wait to watch more of your vids!!๏ปฟ

    • JLJ May 13, 2016 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Miss Jen! I’m happy you like my videos, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave your comment here! ~Janis

  60. Carina K May 13, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply
    • JLJ May 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      Very pretty blogs, Carina K. I especially love Bittersweet Colours. Thank you for telling me about them! ~Janis

    • JLJ May 16, 2016 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      Very pretty blogs. I especially loved Bittersweetcolours.com. Thank you for sharing them with me, Carina K!

  61. Marine Joye May 24, 2016 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Pretty blog posts!

    • JLJ May 24, 2016 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you, sweet Marine!! ~Janis

  62. Lady In Pink May 31, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Not sure of your name yet. I just stumbled on your youtube channel last night by accident. Let me tell you, I love this! I am 49 will be 50 at the end of the year. You have really inspired me. I have always been a girly-girl to love class, in everything I do, including but not limited to what I watch. I was feeling like I was at the endby getting older. Watching you with your beautiful natural hair, and all your class has put life back into me. You look great! I love the tea outing, and just everything! Thank you so much for this. I feel like I can still be me as I get older. Thank you!!

    • JLJ June 1, 2016 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Lady in Pink! (I love your name.) I know how you were feeling like you were at “the end”, by getting older. I felt the same way! I had let myself actually begin to believe the negative messages about women our age that are so prevalent in our media. But no more, thank you very much! I’m so glad you are refusing to believe it, too. Cheers! ~Janis

  63. Sue Glam June 3, 2016 at 4:36 am - Reply

    New Q&A please!

    • JLJ June 7, 2016 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Thank you, Sue, for letting me know you would like to see another one! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  64. melonie July 7, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    Bongu janis really love your youtube videos and looking forward to reading your blog here style ,beauty, healthy eating with a classic touch love it…….grazie hafna from malta ( a small island near italy and sicily )

    • JLJ July 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Melonie! How wonderful that you found me when you are all the way over in Italy. Internet is so magical! Thank you for taking time to view my videos, look at my blog, and leave such a kind comment! Ciao! ~Janis

  65. Sharon K July 30, 2016 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis. I am new to your videos. I am even older than you, but still interested in fashion and looking good, I love your videos and vlogs. It is interesting and fun also seeing places in your area. I look forward to more blogs.

    • JLJ August 24, 2016 at 10:24 am - Reply

      Hi, Sharon K. I’m so happy you like my videos. And I’m so glad you’re still interested in fashion and looking good. Just because we’re over 50 doesn’t mean we stop enjoying playing with clothes and looking pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for taking the time to stop by here and tell me what you think. I really appreciate it! Hope you’re having a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are. ~Janis

  66. Pattie August 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    I canNOT tell you how much this blog means to me. You helped me discover my “style” going forward for my 60s and beyond. There is no one else that I’ve discovered that is doing this so well and simply. Your taste is exquisite and you know what they say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!”
    Talbots, Sperry and Brooks Brothers should love you from all the $$$ I’ve spent since discovering your videos! Please keep them coming.

    Quick question…what do you use as a moisturizer under your makeup? I’m finding that both coconut oil and Nourish are just too moist to wear under my makeup.

    • JLJ August 24, 2016 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Hi, Pattie! I’m so happy you like my blog. Thank you for telling me. It means so much! I have found two moisturizers I really like a lot. I just posted a blog about these and my other skin-care products I’m using. Here is the link: http://jljbacktoclassic.com/archives/11925
      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and to comment. Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! ~Janis

  67. Catherine O August 10, 2016 at 11:07 am - Reply

    please add me to your list

  68. DIANNE LUCAS August 11, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Would love to sign up to receive your blog, where do I do that on this website.

  69. DIANNE LUCAS August 11, 2016 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Sorry about that, i finally saw it. Need more coffee this morning. HAHA

  70. Pattie September 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    You’ve helped me discover my style for going into my 60s and beyond…I was floundering, THANK YOU! And, I have to say that Brooks Bros, Amazon, Gap, Hillfiger, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and especially Talbots are having a very good end-of-season as a result.
    I love your emphasis on being as careful with what you put onto your skin as you are with what put into your body. Keep it coming..you can see from all the positive “comments” that you are definitely doing a great service for us all.

  71. Lynn Dougherty October 11, 2016 at 6:42 am - Reply

    I was so happy to find your blog. I love to wear timeless classics and give them my own special little twists with a great piece of jewelry or a fun bag. I am going to be 68 in February and just couldn’t seem to find anyone who wanted to talk about wanting to look and feel your best when you are not a teenager or twenty-something. I love my life. I also love classic understated clothes, home decor and makeup. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to seeing more from you.

    • JLJ October 11, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Oh my gosh, Lynn, I completely relate to what you’re talking about! I felt the same way! I’m so happy you found my blog; we understand each other! Thank you for taking the time to leave your kind comment. ~Janis

  72. Margarida Duarte January 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis I found your blog it’s beautiful! Hugs from Portugal! Margarida

    • JLJ January 8, 2017 at 11:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Margarida from Portugal. Thank you so much for taking time to hop over from YouTube to visit my blog! I so appreciate it! Hugs back from Florida!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Janis

  73. Cheryl January 16, 2017 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Hi, I stumbled on one of your you tube videos on the Franklin Planner and you are now my new hero! I have long hair and I am sick of getting it highlighted and have been thinking of letting it go and being grey but I have been chicken. Now I feel brave. I also bought my first, well all of my Louis Vuitton bags at the Houston Galleria. I love your style, very similar to my own actually and Nordstrom is one of my favorite stores. I just finished going through your Christmas gift list and put several things in my cart. Happy to be following you.

    • JLJ January 16, 2017 at 10:42 am - Reply

      Cheryl, it’s so nice to meet you! Thank you for taking the time to come to my blog and leave your comment! Oh my gosh, I know how you feel about both having long hair AND wanting to let it go grey and stop having to worry about hiding it any longer. I had friends and family members who opposed it (but luckily not my husband; he was all for it). So it did take me a couple of years to make the decision and be comfortable with it. I think that’s so neat that the Houston Galleria is where you’ve bought your LV bags. I wish my mom’s bag had survived and not split and cracked from sitting folded over too much. It would be 50 years old this year, as she bought it around 1967 there. But I’ve learned from her lesson and am determined to keep mine that long and longer (I keep all my bags stuffed). Thank you for shopping my Christmas list, too. I’m so glad you found some items you liked. Have a peaceful, happy week ๐Ÿ™‚ ~Janis

  74. Judi February 23, 2017 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Hi Janis, I’m really enjoying your blog and vlogs – I’m so happy that I came across them. I love your style – sophisticated yet fun. I turned 60 last year and was feeling that I was in a bit of a rut style-wise, but watching your vlogs have inspired and encouraged me so much! First of all I’m going to add more colour to my wardrobe and have more fun with it! So I just wanted to say a big thank you. I live in the UK so it’s also lovely to see some Florida sunshine!

    • JLJ February 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

      Judi, hi!! I’m so happy you enjoy both my blog and my videos! Thank you for letting me know. I do like to have fun with my clothes. I was serious for so many years, and it’s nice to loosen up and play more — in my life and in my style. Getting older, I’ve given myself permission to let go and just express myself the way I like. I’m so happy you’re going to add more color. That was one of my first changes, too! I was a beige girl for most of my 20s, 30s, and even into my 40s. Hope you’re having a sweet evening in the UK. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and watching my videos. I so appreciate it! Cheers from Florida! ~ Janis

      • Judi February 24, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

        Hi again Janis. I can really relate to that – too many years of being serious – and beige! Until now! Have a lovely weekend. Judi

  75. Lin HONG March 15, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    I watch your web and vedio very often, quite like the way you wear and match!!! And i like so much you also give the link about everything you wear, which may help me to find them and buy. Thank you so much and keep sharing every nice thing to us. Your michelle watch, i like it very much and i checked on website, the size of watch is smaller than yours. i want to know what size is your watch? and why i cannot find in the official website. thank you for your answer!

    • JLJ March 26, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Hi, Lin! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I’m afraid I don’t know the sizes of my Michele watches. All of my watches are now at least a year or older, so those exact models are no longer available, but the sizes/shapes/very similar styles are still at various sites. I offer links to similar size/style Michele watches as mine on any JLJ Back To Classic blog post that shows me wearing one of them. You might check out a few of those links to see if any look good to you? To find any of those posts, just Search Michele Watch in the search bar of my site. I’m sorry I don’t have a better answer for you! Thank you again for taking the time to stop by my site! ~ Janis

  76. Evelina August 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Your blog/vlog is the only one I subscribe to. Thank you for doing what you do! Three questions: 1) What do you recommend for wearing around the house or for gardening? I don’t want to get my nice clothes dirty so I wear sweatpants for these things, but the solution isn’t ideal because then I get “caught” looking like that. Any suggestions for an “in-between” look? 2) What umbrella do you recommend? 3) What would you tell someone who is thinking about getting a tattoo?

    • JLJ August 5, 2017 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Hi, Evelina. Thank you so much for subscribing! What I wear around the house/gardening is a great question! At home, I wear soft, loose-fitting yoga-style pants (full-length and knee-length…slim through hips and thighs but looser fitting as they go down the leg), a t-shirt and come winter, I add a hoodie. I love the soft material of yoga clothing. I also buy less expansive brands so that when I invariably splatter cooking grease or tomato sauce, etc. on myself it’s not as depressing! For gardening, I wear shorts in hot weather and yoga pants in cooler weather–pretty much the same style clothes as I wear inside but that I don’t mind destroying, because gardening here does that! So many vines leak a white substance that stains permanently. So do the stamin of flowers like lilies. The reason I like yoga-style clothing, is because I think the fit is flattering but the items are soft and comfortable. I don’t wear these to run errands, but I feel very comfortable if someone stops by and sees me in them! As for an umbrella, I carry a plain black one in the car for emergencies and have a navy one and a black and red plaid one at home for mixing and matching with my Hunter boots (red and navy) and duck shoes. As far as a tattoo goes, the health issue is what concerns me the most. See two articles on line here. https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048919.htm and http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/07/26/tattoo-ink-may-be-toxic-study-suggests.html
      If someone is still determined, the other issue is that it’s permanent. Just because someone wants one now doesn’t mean they will later. I’ll never forget when I got a second ear piercing in one ear my freshman year of college. When I came home and showed it to my mother, she burst into tears! I felt so badly for her, I let it grow in. I’m so glad I don’t have that second piercing in one ear. There’s nothing wrong with two or more piercings in the ear, but they just aren’t for me any more. When I was in college and in my 20s I didn’t yet know who I was or what my style was. I’ve changed quite a bit since then. If I’d gotten a tattoo, I would have regretted it. I do understand wanting to honor someone you love with one, but there are other ways to do that that don’t permanently harm or mark the body. Wearing a charm with the person’s name or a symbol that is special to you both…But if someone is still determined, I would say get one that is small and in a private place, so that it isn’t an issue with, for example, employers. What do you think about tattoos? Hope you’re having a peaceful weekend and thank you again for coming to my blog, Evelina!! ~ Janis

      • Evelina August 5, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much for your detailed and thoughtful reply! I really appreciate it. I’m glad to hear that you make use of ‘back up’ clothing that is comfortable. I was wondering if I was being silly in changing in and out of outfits to suit everything I needed/wanted to get done. Thank you for the umbrella info as well. As for tattoos, their prevalence disturbs me, and I have never seen a single one that I thought was an improvement for the person. Indeed, it always strikes me as a lapse in judgment. When I looked over your hat-garden-party photos, it seemed that the tattoo ratio there was far, far lower than it is in a major North American city. (I didn’t see any, though perhaps I missed one.) I thought to myself, “Hey, no tattoos!” and this made me wonder what you (and, I suppose, your friends) think of them and how you would address the topic Everything you write about them is, I think, top-notch advice. The links are interesting too. Thank you.

  77. Cheryl August 18, 2017 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Hi, Janis. I stumbled upon your video while comparing academic planners on youtube. I am a fan of Franklin Covey, so was intrigued by your planner video, but had purchased a Passion Planner today, in blue. Would you look at the Passion Planner and tell me what you think?
    I like the hourly slots it has, as well as the academic year timing. (I’m back in school at 43.) Franklin Covey’s don’t seem to have either of those options, as far as I saw. Also, the Love Binder is thick to carry in my backpack daily. So if I stick with the Passion Planner, it’s still good to know about the Franklin Covey. Anyhoo, I was struck by your beauty in the video, specifically the pink lip and grey hair. I am going grey, and coloring once damaged my hair, plus I liked my spark of grey in front, so I am going to join you. I also identify with your classic, classy style, and healthy lifestyle, so I will be keeping up with you.

  78. Gail September 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Just saw your last video and am about to binge watch the others! What brand of probiotics do you use? I am looking for some good recommendations.

    • JLJ October 22, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Hi, Gail. I regularly eat fermented cabbage to get my probiotics. I also occasionally use Ultimate Flora 80 billion, when I take one. But if you’re just starting out you might want to begin with a lower dosage, like Renew Life 15 Billion. I gradually worked up to 80 billion over time. Something else I have just discovered and use are probiotic organic “gut shots” which are tonics. (I buy the Farmhouse Culture brand of them at Whole Foods.) Thank you for your question! Cheers ~ Janis

    • JLJ October 22, 2017 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your safe wishes when we were facing the hurricane, Priscilla. I’m so happy you and your family are ok after Harvey. God bless ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Janis

  79. Priscilla Waller September 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking of you and your family. We just barely escaped Harvey 2 weeks ago ( Corpus Christi) so we DO understand. If you and yours are safe, that’s all that matters

    • JLJ October 22, 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your safe wishes when we were facing the hurricane, Priscilla. I’m so happy you and your family are ok after Harvey. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Janis

  80. Sandi September 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Janis Are you okay! I’m concern from the hurricane/storm of Irma? I cannot in vision what you must be going through but when you have opportunity please let me/us know how you are doing and that you are okay!

  81. Halley September 12, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

    I just want to say you look beautiful and elegant! Found you on YouTube ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Judy Raffl September 12, 2017 at 6:59 am - Reply


    Hope you came through Irma in one piece. I thought of you when the hurricane was near to where you live. Hope you did not have a lot of damage. Let us know how you are doing.

  83. Constance September 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Hello Janis. I have watched your videos and really enjoy you very much. I remembered you went to lunch in Naples Flo. and hope you are ok. Thinking good thoughts for you and yours!

  84. jaflmack September 14, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Having just listened to your video blog about aging and scanning your website I am curious how you would answer this question:

    I am here on this planet in a human body for the purpose of: ________________

    Also … how was your current life affected by Irma?

  85. Becky September 14, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    First of all, you are beautiful. I am 57 and look and feel much older. Thank you for all of the information you share.

  86. giuseppina September 19, 2017 at 2:49 am - Reply

    hi, i m Giuseppina from Italy. i love your style, your elegance. it’s similar to mine.

  87. Carol September 19, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

    How do I subscribe to your blog?

    • JLJ October 7, 2017 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Hi, Carol! Thank you so much for visiting my blog, JLJ Back To Classic. I just sent you a link for you to confirm your subscription to JLJ Back To Classic. (I published a new blog post and video today!). All the best, Janis

  88. Renee Gauthier September 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the candid health comments. I am going through the exact same thing. Same time in my life. It is almost exactly the same. I too have changed my diet and exercise with a huge improvement. Thank you!!!

  89. Victoria September 20, 2017 at 4:07 am - Reply

    Hi Janice,
    Love your blog and YouTube channel.
    Could you please share (or email me) your Grain-free, Sugar-free muffin recipe? (Pictured in your YouTube intro video)
    Trying to eat healthy and currently missing treats and snacks.

    Thanks so much!

  90. Sue September 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    JLJ do you know of any web sites where I can look up cosmetic and hair products which tell if they are organic, and chemical free, or a web site that list these clean products?
    Thank you for all your generous help!

    • Sue September 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      I found the site – it’s http://WWW.ewg.org Cosmetics Data Base.
      All of the products I looked up from your post are on here and are healthy!
      Thank you so much.

  91. Lara Louderback September 28, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for your youtube video on ageing
    & the products you use & how you take care of
    yourself. Please do more videos like that. I’m
    having the same issues you talk about & you
    have helped me so much. I’m so glad you are on
    YouTube. I finally feel like I have a mentor.
    Thank you

  92. janis lee October 4, 2017 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Hi Janis, my name is the same as yours and spelled the same also.I really enjoy your site and it gives me a look at Naples and also some of the cool places that you go to there. I was wondering where you like to get your sun hats? I couldn’t seem to find that in all of the info that you give in your page. It is so fun to see how you handle situations to make them healthier and enjoy your life. Thanks for a great site.
    xo janis

  93. Suz October 20, 2017 at 12:18 am - Reply

    Hi Janis!

    Thank you for being you!! And for being here!! I just discovered you today. My husband and I listened to your coping with aging video during lunch. Many of the health issues you mentioned are ones that he is suddenly dealing with, too. So helpful!

    Then I started watching your other videos. I especially enjoyed the hair care and skin care ones. Can you please explain about the loofah pads you use on the little microdermabrasion tool? I’m going to get one tomorrow if I can. Reading the nasty ingredients in the pads that come with it is scary!!

    Thank you so much! How do I subscribe to your blog, please?

    Best! — Suz ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JLJ October 20, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Hi, Suz. I’m so glad your husband was able to find some information in my Coping With Aging Video. Thank you so much for letting me know. Yes, I agree with you about the icky ingredients in the pads. (Ugh) I wish they made plain ones! I used to use Buff Puff’s small exfoliating pads, but I haven’t been able to find them, so now I try to find something similar and trim them to fit the Neutrogena tool. It has velcro, and these small single buff pads, when cut to fit, stick right on the velcro and work beautifully with my own cleanser. I found some at Ulta on line that look like the ones I used to get from Buff Puff (and the reviewers describe them as such, too). See them here.

      Also, to SUBSCRIBE to my blog, click HERE.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to view my videos and to leave your wonderful comment here. I appreciate it!! Have a sweet weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Janis

      • Suz October 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm - Reply

        Much appreciated, Ms. Janis! We’ll see about my hubby’s health issues. Thank for the link to the little facial buff pads. Washed my face last night with soap for the first time in AGES!! Thanks to you. I use Dr. Bronner’s for almost everything in our home. Never thought of washing my face with it. (HA!) Perfect! Thanks for the link to sign up for your blog posts. I did finally realize the link is above… DUH!

        Happy Friday to you and have a wonderful weekend, yourself!
        Suz ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. Kim P. October 21, 2017 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Hi, Janis.

    I really enjoy your vlogs. I am wondering if you can do one video of all of the organic deodorants, and cosmetics you are aware of that are legit.

    • JLJ October 22, 2017 at 8:54 am - Reply

      Thank you, Kim. As for deodorants and makeup…I use coconut oil for deodorant. I’ve never found one I feel completely comfortable with, because I will only use 100% organic, grain free, soy free, and so far I’ve never found one that meets those guidelines. (For a while I did use Miessence Deodorant, but it has Xanthum Gum that isn’t organic, although it is non-GMO). Also, I’m so happy with coconut oil. It works beautifully. As for makeup, I have found and tested repeatedly three brands so far that I am comfortable with: 100% Pure, Gabriel/Zuzu Luxe
      and Hemp Organics/Colorganics
      As I find and test new brands of makeup that I’m comfortable with, I will report on them here. If you want a more lengthy database, a good place to go is EWG.org (Environmental Working Group). That is a non-profit site that researches skincare and makeup brands (among other products) and reports on toxicity levels. That being said, I have tried brands they rate as low in toxicity that caused me severe allergic reactions. Just because something is organic or all natural doesn’t mean it works for everyone. Thank you again for visiting my blog. Hope you’re having a sweet Sunday ~ Janis

  95. Blanche October 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    Good afternoon, Janis. I found your site by accident and I feel so grateful and relieved; I, too, am suffering with various chronic maladies–gluten-intolerance being one of them. Also, I’m trying to detox my life by eliminating not only gluten (do you know it is in EVERYTHING, including makeup?), but other harmful substances, as well.
    Which brings me to my question: what do you use for your oral hygiene i.e, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. I haven’t used mouthwash in years because of the alcohol content which is rumored to contribute to oral cancer; but I haven’t found a satisfactory, non-toxic toothpaste. Thanks for your consideration of this matter. An, pretty lady, keep up the good work.

  96. Robin R November 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis,

    I like your videos and blog. I really like your style for a natural 50’s women. I am buying a new car and wanted to know your thoughts for a stylish compact suv mid priced?

    • JLJ December 1, 2017 at 3:33 pm - Reply

      Hi, Robin! I’ve been driving a Jeep Cherokee for 21 years (currently have our second one–it’s a basic Jeep Patriot). It’s the only SUV I can give an honest testament about. I love it! ~ Janis

  97. Monika DeRosier November 15, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Janis, I enjoyed watching your video. You look gorgeous in every outfit. The Holly Holden book will be on my Christmas wish list.

  98. Jane November 22, 2017 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis
    Like you I have had health chronic health problems and feel sure that food in particular is the key to recovery so I am trying slowly but surely to convert to pure organic products both food and beauty products, it’s a difficult task due to availability of products and cost implications but I shall persevere and continue making small steps towards my goal. In the meantime may I ask do you use perfume/fragrance and if you do do you have any tips on products that are environmentally friendly and as pure as ithey can be. Your blogs are lovely to watch and I am very interested in your perspectives about health , beauty and fashion..
    Very best wishes to you.

  99. Austin Lee December 12, 2017 at 5:44 am - Reply


    I came across your Website http://jljbacktoclassic.com/ and would like to inquire about publishing a guest post, paid post advertisement on it.

    I can provide high-quality articles related to previously-published posts and would like to know:

    1. What is the process to submit a post to your website?
    2. Is it free of cost or are there any charges? (and if so – how much?)

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


    Austin Lee

    • JLJ December 21, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Austin Lee, thank you so much for your enquiry, but at this time JLJ Back To Classic doesn’t publish guest posts. All the best to you ~ Janis

  100. Janet December 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I recently stumbled upon your YouTube Channel. I want to let you know how much Iโ€™ve enjoyed following you. I appreciate your kind and gentle style.

    The morning I discovered you was when you posted โ€œhow I cope with signs of agingโ€. It came up on one of those days when I was doubting my decision to stop dying my hair. I have a wonderfully skilled stylist who has made this transition graceful, sheโ€™s also been encouraging. I work in a large office and many of the women I work with are younger than I am and are heavily invested in dying and highlighting their hair. Doubt was creeping in and I was beginning to wonder if I was making the right decision. Was my long gray hair making me stand out in a negative way? Should I try to do more to achieve a youthful appearance? Iโ€™m grateful to be an older woman and I want to embrace this, but I was discouraged and felt alone. So on that bleak morning I saw your video in my suggested videos; before I hit play I felt a weight lift in seeing how lovely you looked and how beautiful your hair was. This quieted my doubts and has renewed my faith that Iโ€™m on the right road.

    I have benefited from your encouragement to expand what I do to live a cleaner and healthier lifestyle. Your classic taste and leads on resources have been spot on. Thank you for sharing your story, ideas, and inspiration. What a gift to other women who, like me, are looking for someone to model aging with style, grace and health.

  101. Lori January 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Just “discovered” you JLJ! The first You Tube video I watched was on getting older – I adore your honesty and your heartfelt thoughts. I have been attempting to cut out grains, sugar, (definitely all soy products for some time now) etc…I really feel that this will be a very positive step for me and appreciate your thoughts and ideas on improving health. You are very inspiring and I look forward to seeing and hearing more you!

  102. Barbara January 3, 2018 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Hello Janis,

    I was guided to your video about coping with aging and feel compelled to write you to tell you how we’ve followed a very similar path after 50.

    Like you, I eliminated sugar and many other inflammation-causing foods from my diet. It was easier for me as I had been a vegetarian for many years. The GAPS diet also greatly helped me to heal my gut. I am fortunate to live in the countryside of Lower Bavaria, Germany, where I can have my own hens and grow much of my own food. There are also many outstanding organic and cruelty-free cosmetics produced in Germany, making the choice quite easy. Coconut oil is my choice as a deodorant, too, and I use it all over my body as well as an mascara remover.Other organic oils I use are Argan and Borage.

    At 58, I’m struggling with whether to continue coloring my long, straight dark hair. The grey roots appear every three weeks. I color them over with organic eye shadow for another week to extend the time between colorings, and it works well. But the whole process is unsatisfactory to me because of the chemicals that surely seep through my scalp with the dye and the tediousnous of waiting for the roots to materialize every three weeks. Plus I wish to embrace my age rather than fight this natural process. Your long, grey hair looks marvelous and I am now inspired to seek out the advice of my hairdresser and experiment.

    You have a serene, authentic and loving character. More than that, your Light is very powerful. Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge with us; it is very helpful.



  103. Jaana Monto January 5, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Hi Janis, and thank you so much for doing these videos. I truly enjoy watching them andnow when I have found my creativity and femininity again. It was lost for quite a some time. Your videos are charming because you are so natural and yourself. There are enough edited, clean and because of that breathless options available.
    I have a suggestion. Since you often say that you like things that last many years or even decades, could you do a video with your old, classic clothes and items. It would be great to see some of your “everlasting collection” and be inspired of them. Be well and regards from Spain!

  104. Deb January 20, 2018 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Greetings Janis!

    I am so glad I found your channel / blog. My guilty pleasure is Saturday mornings with coffee and YouTube videos about style, beauty, health and fitness. So much of what you’ve posted (blogs, videos, tips, photos, etc.) has been very helpful and inspiring to me. I’ve enjoyed them all. I am 55, live in the Midwest and am also passionate about healthy living. My husband and I both love the ocean, and always enjoy our Florida vacations. Your Hurricane Irma video was well done and I appreciate the up-close personal story you shared with your viewers. I look forward to many more of your videos and wish you all the best!

    Warmest regards,

  105. Paola February 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis,
    I just discovered your side. What an inspirational blog! im looking forward to “snoop” around and watch your videos. Thank you for sharing!

  106. Nan Currie February 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I would love to know where you purchased your big sunhat. Here in Naples I need a wide brim and like the chin strap for windy times. Enjoy your blog!!

    • JLJ February 25, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Hi, Nan! Not sure which one to which you’re referring. I wear two. These are the ones I wear: HAT:ย Sun & Fun Lifeguard Hat; Men’s Size, So Doesn’t Hurt My Head (Alternative Women’s-Size Hatย Here)ย  ~ Janis

  107. Susan February 21, 2018 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Hello Janis, Just found you on you-tube and came to your blog. I greatly enjoy not just what you say, but what you represent; timeless classics and aging with grace. I recently left the workforce and have had a complete life change that resulted in a big weight loss (a good thing) but I’m struggling with rebuilding my wardrobe. It seems overwhelming when everything needs to be replaced. Do you have a few guidelines that could steer me in the right direction and help prevent “panic purchases” as well as stay in a reasonable budget. Thanks so much, Susan

  108. Jordan Phillips March 1, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Hello Janis!

    We are producing a new show to air on Channel 4 in the UK currently titled, SECOND CHANCE, and think you would be perfect for a segment we are filming in the beauty space. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find good contact info for you so I am reaching out through your comment section with the hopes that you will see this.

    Please reach out to my email or feel free to call me, as I look forward to hearing from you and telling you more about the show!

    Jordan Phillips

  109. Joanna July 29, 2018 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis,

    I found your blog by accident and I have to say how much I love it! But nothing recently, I hope youโ€™re ok.

    • JLJ July 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm - Reply

      Hi, Joanna. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog. I appreciate it! Right now, I’m working to fix some technical issues with my blog that keep me from being able to publish a new post. Hopefully it will be up and running within the next week or so! ~ Janis

  110. Stacia September 25, 2018 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Janis! I am new to your blog and I can already tell that this is going to be a great resource for me in so many areas of my life. It is nice to have a guide for many of my interests. Something that I am hoping you can guide me to on your blog is anything to assist with how to address โ€œtired eyesโ€ – with skin care AND make up tips. Your eyes always look light and bright in your photos and I think my old make up routine is not working for me now that I am older. Any tips (or directions to a specific article on your site) would be greatly appreciated!

  111. Vanessa K. Rosenfeld December 3, 2018 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Hi JLJ,
    Would you kindly let me know if that coconut oil you useing for your body smells or is it rather neutral?
    I am eager to hear from you.
    I found your information if video very interesting- many thanks for sharing this with the world๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ. Kindest regards from Vanessa currently in Mozambique

    • JLJ December 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      Hi, Vanessa! Yes, organic, unprocessed, virgin coconut oil has a distinct scent. It mostly fades once you apply it to your skin. I am really sensitive to strong scents, and don’t tolerate them well, and coconut oil has never caused me an issue. It’s pretty mild. Thank you so much for taking the time to view my YouTube channel and my blog and for commenting –all the way from Mozambique! ~ Janis

  112. Kj Schmidt December 4, 2018 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Hi Janis. Iโ€™ve been a fan and follower of your wonderful vlog/blg for at least 2-3 years. Because Iโ€™ve gotten so many fantastic products based on your reviews, I wanted to give you a courtesy heads up a beautiful plaid ring binder just went up on Franklin Planner website for the holiday season. Itโ€™s unfortunately not cheery Florida colors, but it is very classic and worth consideration if you havenโ€™t yet chosen your 2019 planner.

    All the best and thanks for making my days brighter by living vicariously through your adventures.

    • JLJ December 9, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      KJ, hi! Thank you so much for following my blog for so long! Also, I appreciate you letting me know about the new binder. I definitely will pop over there for a look. I do love, love plaids. Again, I so appreciate you continually visiting my blog. Thank you so much!! ~ Janis

  113. Karen Raunft January 9, 2019 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Dear JLJ, I was just having a fruit and cracker lunch while avoiding packing away the last of holiday dรฉcor when your vlog of two hours ago came on you tube. I am a resident of Naples but am almost twenty years your senior. My parents were residents since 1983, so I have seen the changes you spoke of in one vlog. My heart went out to you today, because I have a very similar self concept that you mention. Keep up the work on those issues as I can tell you, turning 73 tomorrow, I still am challenged. Maybe you will find this humorous. I stand in front of my full length mirror now and check how I look to head out to familiar Naples locations. Since finding your vlog I always say oh my gosh what if JLJ would see me. So your beautiful fashion has been an inspiration but today was a great gift. I know now if I speed out on an errand without make up, in our sweet natures, we will smile in acceptance at each other. Thank you for all you share.

  114. Liz January 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    You said in one of your videos that you had always had dark circles under your eyes, but it is evident that this isn’t an issue for you now. What do you attribute that too? Love you sharing your life with others…thanks.

    • JLJ January 21, 2019 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Hi, Liz! If I’m in overhead lighting, my circles/bags are much more evident. In my videos, you can most easily see them when I have vlogged inside Whole Foods or Target. In my recent Target shopping blog post, there is a screenshot from the video of me inside the store, and you can see them. What I do is simply use moisturizers like shea butter or cocoa butter. I don’t try to hide them with concealer or foundation, because it only emphasizes the smile lines. I must be getting used to them now, as they don’t bother me much anymore ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Janis

  115. Merri April 17, 2019 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Just discovered your blog and catching up on your older posts. Really enjoy seeing your pretty outfits and your common sense wisdom. But have to ask, do you actually own all those handbags? ๐Ÿ˜

    • JLJ April 17, 2019 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Thank you, Merri! I appreciate you reading my blog posts! Yes, I do own all of the handbags you see featured here and on my videos. They are probably my favorite fashion item to collect. Of course, it isn’t necessary to have this many bags; they just happen to be where I like to spend most of my “style” budget. The oldest one (my Louis Vuitton Speedy 30) dates back 25 years. ~ Janis

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